Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 3 years ago

Maybe anti vaxers have a point, why don't vaccines come with a label with all the ingredients like food does?

There are vaccines which save lives such as polio and measles vaccines.

But some vaccines are not necessary for everyone such as a yearly flu vaccine.

If you buy anything on the supermarket, it comes it a label with all the nutrition facts and ingredients.

I'm not saying vaccines are bad,


If we have all the ingredients information on most foods we eat, why don't vaccines come with labels so people know what are they putting into their bodies?

16 Answers

  • 3 years ago
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    It would be nice... the other question is if I am not vaxed and you are how am I a threat to you? you have your shots!

  • 3 years ago

    All anti-vaxxers have is misinformation, scapegoating, and fear-mongering.

    Others have explained why you're comparison of vaccines to food it unreasonable and how the information you're seeking is easily available.

    The question is why can't you accept that vaccines are actually good for you and for the community? Why do you let your emotions overrule evidence and reasoning so that you search for excuses not to vaccinate? That's not good - if you fall for anti-vaccines information (which is so clearly wrong) what else are you willing to fall for? Do you need some ocean front property in Arizona?

  • 3 years ago

    No, anti-vaxxers don't have a point.

    Vaccines are medicine and not food. They're not something you buy in a store and take home. There is information (including ingredients) available about vaccines from your doctor and places like the CDC website. And even better those places even explain what the ingredients are. And remember - "the dose makes the poison". People can die from drinking too much water, doesn't mean water is toxic. Yet people get nervous about the "toxins" in vaccines which are not at harmful levels.

    Choosing not to vaccinate affects not just you, but your entire community. So just because you think you don't need a vaccine doesn't mean that you don't need to get one. And one thing we were reminded this year - the flu kills! Just ask the parents of the hundred or so children who died from the flu this year.

    Be careful of falling for misinformation put out by anti-vaxxers. The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks.

  • 3 years ago

    You can find the ingredients in several places actually, if you cared to. Its on line, in the PDC, on the package inserts etc.

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  • 3 years ago

    Because not all food ingredients are actually listed (do you have any idea what natural flavors mean?). Medication has it as well, why? Because these are things you buy and take home with you, you do not buy vaccines and take them home. It's the same way when you get surgery done, the doctor doesn't go through the details of exactly what anaesthesia he will be using on you and in what doses. These are things you simply trust the doctor with, because you assume you know what he is doing. You don't ask your dentist what toothpaste/fluoride he is using to clean your teeth, or the exact ingredients for the numbing agent. Same reason you don't ask your doctor what's in the vaccine (most people wouldn't even know 90% of what it was even if the doctor told them anyways).

  • 3 years ago

    I agree heartily. How many people would refuse vaccinations if they knew what they are made of.

    You can look them up, but it's a hassle. And even when they list the ingredients, they use evasive language. What do you suppose is meant by "diploid cells"?

    BTW the flu vaccine does not contain "diploid cells." But a lot of the usual vaccines do. You can demand alternatives in some cases, but that's a hassle too.

  • 3 years ago

    Some vaccines save lives but others are not needed? You do realize that this years spike in deaths and hospitalizations are a result of a mismatch flu vaccine. The vaccine out there did not target the flu that is predominant out there. As a result many people are getting sick and dying.

    You are not saying that vaccines are bad but want a list of ingredients to point to one in order to say that it is bad. What would be the point otherwise? Everything in vaccines have been approved as safe and with some allergies they will specifically ask you if you are allergic to eggs etc. All ingredients are listed for all to see and each one of those ingredients have been targeted by anti-vaxers as deadly. Nobody is hiding any information but plenty of people like to invent side effects of vaccines.

    I want you and the anti-vaxers who say the flu shot is not needed annually to provide data for that position in light of the bad flu season this year.

  • 3 years ago

    Medicines already have labels and inserts that come with the packaging. You can also find information on the FDA website about each of the vaccines.

    I'm sure if you really wanted, you could ask your doctor to let you see the package insert for the vaccine before they administer it.

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    If you want to know what's in a vaccine, ask your doctor. He or she is the person who buys it, to have it ready for patients. It's not as though YOU go to a store and pick it off a shelf, now is it?

    But just as you don't necessarily know what something in your food is (do you know what monocalcium phosphate is when you see it on a food label?), you're not gong to recognize everything your doctor tells you is in the vaccine. It really wouldn't be an informative exercise for you to read the label, unless you were unusually scientifically and medically well-educated.

  • sats
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Active ingredients.

    Added ingredients: Aluminium. Thiomersal, also called Thimerosal. Gelatine. Human serum albumin and recombinant albumin. Sorbitol and other stabilisers. ...

    Products used in vaccine manufacture and production techniques: Antibiotics. Egg proteins (ovalbumin) Yeast proteins. Latex (in packaging)

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